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2019-11-17Nov 17, 2019

Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), and Assemblymember Mark Stone, Vice Chair, are hosting an important hearing next week on two critical topics: the upcoming Dungeness crab season and how fish passage barriers on our state highways are impacting species recovery. 

2019-08-28Aug 28, 2019

As native carnivores, bobcats (Lynx rufus) are an indicator species of ecosystem health. Yet they face growing challenges as their habitat disappears and human impacts increasingly affect their ability to survive. Fortunately, lawmakers and a coalition of organizations are advancing bills through this session of the California State Legislature that, if passed, would protect bobcats from cruel and senseless killing. AB 1254 passed the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard in Senate Appropriations on August 30. If released, it could hit the Senate floor quickly. Residents can contact their senator and urge a ‘Yes’ vote on AB 1254. 

 

2019-08-19Aug 19, 2019

Held on a rural ranch, a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival celebrates year twenty-five this summer. Sophisticated yet down-home, it’s garnered the reputation of being one of the premier art, wine, beer and food festivals in California. This annual benefit attracts thousands of foodies, art aficionados, wine and beer connoisseurs and music lovers to picturesque Watts Ranch in the village where Alfred Hitchcock once filmed his classic thriller, The Birds. The festival is a food lover’s dream, especially for people who love seafood. Non-fish eaters will have no trouble finding delicious vegetarian options, meat, chicken and sweet treats galore. 

2019-08-05Aug 5, 2019

First, we dreamed a wonderful book about Sonoma Mountain. Then we created three very successful book launch parties— attended by 550 people like you—to raise awareness of the mountain in our backyard. Now we are stepping back to vision and dream what's next for us as an organization speaking for the Mountain. We'd love your input about what's important and of interest to you. The Google poll takes about two minutes.

2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019

These days, climbers often learn basic skills at an indoor climbing gym or through the mentorship process as experienced climbers train their friends at the crag. Most of the tens of thousands of climbers in North America today will never even own a rock hammer, and that’s a good thing. 

2019-08-03Aug 3, 2019

Beauty abounds everywhere while hiking the Sonoma Coast Kortum Trail from the ocean vistas, crashing waves, glorious sunsets & scenic hiking trails. Oh yes, there are some famous rocks there too!

Sunset Rocks, also known as the Mammoth Rub, stand tall in the vista. Take a deep breath and feel the peace that settles over you while in their presence. Their striking height and tumbling rocks draw you to them.

 

2019-07-31Jul 31, 2019

This year was our 7th Annual CARe SHOW for kids. The Petaluma Salvation Army fundraiser to send kids off to school with the supplies they need to succeed. We had great crowds. Lots of fun and over seventy five of the counties finest hot rods, dragsters, stock collectables....well you name it and the owners shared it with us. The Petaluma Elks came out and did the BBQing.

2019-07-02Jul 2, 2019

What the song sparrow lacks in bright colors, it makes up for in its song repertoire. This bird can really sing, writes local bird watcher Lisa Hug in this introduction to the bird's habits and national fanbase.

2019-07-01Jul 1, 2019

Fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Sonoma County year-round, including Fourth of July

Here is a schedule of LEGAL FIREWORKS EVENTS IN SONOMA COUNTY

2019-07-01Jul 1, 2019

For many locals in our Northern California community, reading that we are in the midst of a devastating imbalance within our Pacific coastal intertidal zones will not come as a surprise. This is due to a chain of events spanning almost 200 years.  This story is one of ripples, spreading ever outward: one imbalance leads to another, and another. While a perfect solution is not clear, educating the public about the problem is crucial.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

An August 5 Daily Acts fundraiser will feature the authors of The Fight Against Monsanto: The Politics of Pesticides and local activist groups pushing for pesticide bans in Sonoma County.

2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019

An unprecedented 90 percent of voters in the City of Rohnert Park passed Measure B to protect open space and focus growth inside the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for the next 20 years — until the end of 2040. The UGB can only be changed by a vote of the people, with few exceptions. Greenbelt Alliance led the campaign to pass Measure B.

2019-06-24Jun 24, 2019

The California Coastal Commission today posted notice of their upcoming public hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed helicopter dispersal of 1.5 tons of poison bait pellets in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off of Marin and San Francisco this fall.

 

2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019

Bring the whole family for a day outside of the house and you’ll find a car show a perfect way to get in some bonding time with your spouse or the kids. If you have a classic of your own, be sure to show her off when you enter her into one of the shows happening in and around the Sonoma County area. If you’re ready for a good time, these shows are where it’s at!

 

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

“Can the girls really do it?  Can they keep up with the boys?” I am not sure how to describe how it felt when they announced that we had won first place overall.  I mean, how does one describe a dream coming true besides the absolute best thing in the world?  

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

We always think of summer as vacation time - time to play! And one of the spectacular benefits of living in Sonoma County is that we are home to amazing musicians who love to play music for their neighbors! Weather is good - venues vary from arks to concert arenas - food is available for those who just want to sit and relax - dance floors about for those who can't help themselves but have to MOVE! It's everything we want for summer fun. And some of these concerts even benefit good causes! Win/Win for everyone! 15 venues with live music all summer long for FREE or under $25 a ticket.

2019-06-02Jun 2, 2019

This article is the first in a series tracing the route of the old North Pacific Coast Railroad north to the Russian River and beyond. This railroad was a key link that helped shape the development of the North Bay. Today, its route represents not only a travel back through time, but a unique way to experience Marin and Sonoma Counties.  EcoRing, a green travel organization in the North Bay, advocates stitching together existing pathway segments and extending the route on publically owned portions of the original route to the Russian River.  For more information visit www.ecoring.org.

2019-06-01Jun 1, 2019

I credit the Sonoma Overlook Trail, and now also the contiguous Montini Preserve, for adding years to my life (too early to tell, though). This is because hiking became what I would do for daily cardiovascular exercise. 

2019-05-30May 30, 2019

Of course, some people have great luck with farming, but I don’t believe anyone will tell you it’s an easy life. Every child in my mother’s family did farm chores. The youngest at age three fed the chickens and hunted for eggs. The oldest helped their father feed the cows and do the daily milking. My mother recalls a year they planted eight sacks of potatoes and only grew eight sacks of potatoes! That was a hunger year. My grandmother Alice Baker worked as a sharecropper at the age of 12 with her four siblings. When her children were small on the Homestead, she taught them not to greedily fill their stomachs. She led them in saying grace and leaving food so that the whole family would get enough to eat. In other words, eat to live not live to eat. So, I congratulate Cotati for their vision and follow-through on Veronda-Falletti Ranch. 

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

Sonoma County Tree Lighting and Light Shows includes many 'illuminating' tree lighting and light shows including parades where you can see glammed up tractor trailers, farm vehicles, and decorated farm tractors covered in lights.

2019-11-08Nov 8, 2019

The holiday season in Sonoma County is a magical time! Enjoy holiday music, tree lighting celebrations, performances and more!

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

Sonoma County Fall Festivities - Festivals, Events, Parties. Your 2019 to all things Fall in Sonoma County. Festivals, Events, Parties, Trick or Treat Trails, Octoberfest, Pumpkin Patches, Dias De Los Muertos, Cemetery & Ghost Tours, Haunted Houses, Library Halloween & Pumpkin Fun, Shows & Performances.

2019-10-21Oct 21, 2019

Trione-Annadel State Park New Volunteer Training - Saturday, November 2, 2019. Volunteer assignments include these and more: Foot Patrol/Bike Patrol volunteers provide service while hiking/biking in the park (hand out maps, give route suggestions, report trail hazards, pick up litter).  Visitor Center Staff provide visitor services on weekends and holidays (prerequisite is that you know the park well).  We are always looking for volunteer Hike Leaders and Hike Sweeps.  There are also opportunities to provide trail maintenance or help on special projects.

2019-10-16Oct 16, 2019

Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a third community workshop to gather input on a potential Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail between Forestville and Jenner. The meeting will be heldOct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Monte Rio Recreation and Park District office, 20488 Highway 116. Spanish interpretation and refreshments will be provided.

2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019

5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins called a meeting to gather neighbors negatively impacted by visitors to Russian River parks each summer. She invited Regional Parks director Bert Whitaker and his staff, Public Works director Johannes Hoevertsz, and our local CHP officers who patrol the Russian River corridor in weekends when the impact is greatest. Residents gathered at the Hollydale Club to listen to what is being done, and add their own ideas about what can and should be done to mitigate impacts.

2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019

Free Public Events on Renewing the Rohnert Park Urban Growth Boundary – Measure B. Greenbelt Alliance is sponsoring three free public events in Rohnert Park to educate voters about renewing the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) with Measure B on the  November 5, 2019 election ballot. Ride and Roam Rohnert Park Bike Ride,  Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 am to 12 noon Ride with community leaders to tour the city  and see how UGB works. Rohnert Park UGB Yes on Measure B Campaign Mixer at Sally Tomatoes,  Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park  Thursday, October 10, 5 to 7 pm.

 

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